The Community Boys & Girls Club recently announced that they named Joquin Dingle their 2022 Youth of the Year.
The prestigious honour, now in its 75th year, recognizes an exemplary young person in recognition of their leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy life.
Joquin received a $1,500 scholarship and will act as spokesperson for Club members.
Joquin, an eighth grade student at Holly Shelter Middle School, has been a member of the Community Boys & Girls Club for seven years. He has participated in several club programs including Junior Staff (a workforce development program), PAL Hoops (a basketball program through the Wilmington Police Department) and is Vice President of the Keystone Club (which focuses on leadership skills and giving back to the community). Joquin is also involved in his school, as captain of the football and basketball teams and president of the Year Book Club.
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Joquin will compete for North Carolina Youth of the Year and a $2,500 college scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“We are so proud of Joquin for this achievement. A known club leader and mentor, Joquin is a great representative of the Community Boys & Girls Club and we look forward to his representing us at the state competition,” said Community Boys & Girls Club CEO Angie Hill.
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The Youth of the Year program is supported by Toyota and Mondelēz International. Toyota is committed to partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to ensure local clubs provide life-enhancing opportunities for children and teens to explore, develop and apply the life skills they need to succeed in life and at work. Mondelēz International will work with local clubs throughout the year to help nurture a new generation of leaders ready to live and lead a diverse global economy.
Joquin plans to attend Clemson University to major in business and finance.
“I am proud of this honour. It’s a big motivation for me as I enter high school. I am honored to represent the Community Boys & Girls Club at the state level for Youth of the Year,” said Joquin.